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File #: 48539    Version: 1 Name: Establishing a procedure for disposal of abandoned bicycles
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 8/22/2017 In control: PEDESTRIAN/BICYCLE/MOTOR VEHICLE COMMISSION (ended 6/2018)
On agenda: 9/5/2017 Final action: 10/3/2017
Enactment date: 10/12/2017 Enactment #: ORD-17-00105
Title: Amending Section 12.761(3) and creating Section 12.761(4) of the Madison General Ordinances to establish a procedure for the disposal of abandoned bicycles.
Sponsors: Ledell Zellers, Michael E. Verveer
Fiscal Note
There is no fiscal impact with the approval of this ordinance.
Title
Amending Section 12.761(3) and creating Section 12.761(4) of the Madison General Ordinances to establish a procedure for the disposal of abandoned bicycles.
Body
DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: This ordinance permits the police department to dispose of any abandoned bicycle after reasonable attempts have been made to notify the owner of the bicycle and forty-five days have passed since the bicycle was abandoned. The ordinance further permits the police department to place the abandoned bicycle up for auction, public sale, donation to a non-profit, disposed as waste or any other reasonable method of disposal.

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The Common Council of the City of Madison do hereby ordain as follows:

1. Subsection (3) entitled “Removal” of Section 12.761 entitled “Abandoned Bicycles” of the Madison General Ordinances is amended to read as follows:

“(3) Removal. If a bicycle remains in violation of sub. (1) more than 48 hours after the Notice of Abandonment has been affixed in compliance with sub. (2), that bicycle may be removed by any police officer; City Traffic Engineer and Parking Manager’s designee; or Superintendent of Parks designee, and immediately thereafter delivered to the police property room. However, before any designated person removes a bicycle they shall first determine whether their agency has designated the bicycle as “not abandoned.” A bicycle designated “not abandoned” may not be removed. A bicycle removed under this section shall remain in the custody of the police department until it is retrieved by the owner or otherwise disposed of according to law sub. (4).”

2. Subsection (4) entitled “Disposal of Abandoned Bicycles” of Section 12.761 entitled “Abandoned Bicycles” of the Madison General Ordinances is created to read as follows:

“(4) Disposal of Abandoned Bicycles.
(a) Upon removal, an abandon...

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